Going Graphic with the News

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Sunday 10th March, 2013

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Enough of caped crusaders, crazed criminals and post-apocalyptic kooks! Despite talk of graphic novels as a maturing, alternative art form, most of the genre is still dedicated to elementary entertainment...but that is changing fast. The educational power of comics is still largely untapped, although some are now using it to tell tales of history, science, and culture. But how about using the medium to teach about today's headlines and real world action we see on the nightly news?

We did. Our story: how we created an alter ego, The Plaid Avenger, for a real life college professor, then crowd-sourced and social-networked the financial/academic support (via Kickstarter, Facebook, Twitter, et al) to create a graphic novel on the current real-life Mexican drug cartel war. With an innovative twist: the digital version has integrated video lessons and updated news feeds to continue the learning in perpetuity! It's an entirely novel way to present the news…a graphic novel way, that is.

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John Boyer

Sr Instructor, Virginia Tech

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Katie Pritchard

Virginia Tech

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  • Katie Pritchard
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  • Roman Karachinsky

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Sun 10th March 2013


Longhorn, Omni Downtown

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